18 thoughts on “Blackhawks Release Visnovsky, Kopecky From Camp

  1. As I’ve said pretty consistently throughout, it’s a numbers game. Hawks weren’t going to carry 8 dmen this year, and it makes more sense for a temp rental to fill in for Rozsival to open the season to be a guy from Rockford than Visnovsky. I’m sure his play w/ the Hawks helped him as he looks to join another organization, but the roster is simply full here.

    Looks like the last dman spot is down to Svedberg and Gustafsson.

  2. Tab was right, I am surprised by this, not by Kopecky but Visnovsky.

    They’re a little thin experience wise on defense after their top 4. But I suppose you can’t get experience unless you play.

    Still expecting a minor trade this week.

  3. Hof, a minor trade like a young forward or a minor trade that will open up a situation for maybe a Bickell or Shaw move? I think we still need some cap space.

    I still think Bickell goes before opening night……..just a hunch.

  4. From what I heard Bickell is fight vertigo symptoms, right? It’d be tough to move him if he’s not in the pink, course if he is would you rather hang onto him?

  5. Reg,

    I think their defense is settled now, seeing as Bowman said not to expect any new players coming in, that they’d choose the roster based on what’s here. As Tab said, looks like either Svedberg or Gustafsson for the last spot, which surprises me, but Im not so bold as to suggest Bowman et al don’t know what they’re doing. They do.

    Paille is still in camp, Bickell is not at practice, who knows why. I see them creating a little more cap space ala the Versteeg trade, getting either a draft choice or a prospect in return. They still have a pot load of forwards in camp and that won’t work. Gotta do something – some will be sent down but even still.

  6. I’ll be surprised if Lubomir doesn’t sign elsewhere. At 39 he can still play, also will be interesting to see what kind of money he is looking for. I guess in the end the Hawks feel Schilling Svedberg and Gustafsson can give them more with options to be sent down and at less dollars.

    20 forwards left, including PTO Paille. So lets play numbers game, lets assume the following guys are going down. All have played very well especially 5’9 Hinostroza.


    Basically going to come down to Baun, Panarin and Bickell and Paille. An interesting mix.

    Is Bickell a lock? His contract screams lock but he has probably looked the worst of these 4.

    Panarin, that injury seriously killed him, especially with his contract structured the way it is. He needs a HUGE last 2 games.

    Baun, looked the best of these group, and can probably play Bickell’s role & can be sent down if need be. He’s a bottom 6 guy so can probably be a press box guy too.

    Paille, classic “glue” guy, but don’t the Hawks already have 2 glue guys in Garbutt and Desi? I’m going to say no contract

  7. Tab- Schilling impressed me with his skating ( albeit- in a very small sample size)…

    wouldn’t be surprised if they keep him or Gustafsson (who also skates very well- and actually has more offense for sure)…

    like Svedberg’s size/reach… but the dude still needs to “see” the game a little faster, and his hands are bad…

    Speaking of BAD- watched a little of Cden/Pens… Cden almost scored while on PP … On His own goalie!!!! That guy is Bad!!!

  8. re: SSHM’s analysis – basically, it comes down to moving Bickell.

    Panarin is making the roster. So throw out any consideration of him not being in Chicago on 10/7.

    Paille is on a PTO, and you did a nice job of outlining that there are still too many forwards in town. Unless he’s willing to play in Rockford, I don’t see him sticking around much longer (see Hejda, Visnovsky).

    “Is Bickell a lock?” Yes, because his contract says so.

    So we now have to find a way to make room for Baun, because he’s done everything he should have to do for the Hawks to skate him against the Rangers next week. The question is how?

  9. imo- Both Paille and Baun deserve spots… Tik- also looks good- and has yet to really play with any higher level guys… (Tik- is like Bolland-smart and versatile)
    + as mentioned- he is 72’s best buddy- so Tik stays/plays… and Tik will look better-once paired with smarter/better players.

    ALL are better/cheaper than 29…
    Baun- is flexible to ship to Rock- hope Paille is “smart” enough to sign/accept Rock- and bank on someone getting hurt eventually- for his call

  10. re: all the noise calling for Paille – I’ve asked this before but continue bringing it back up. What does Paille do that Desjardins doesn’t? Because Desjardins already has a contract here, and the Hawks don’t need to make room for 2 guys who are essentially interchangeable…

  11. Just a guess- Opening night forwards- 19,81,65,16,11,86,88,Panarin,Anisimov,Dano,Garbutt, Baun with Bickell and Tikhonov scratches. I like Paille but agree with posts above that he will be cut loose.

  12. Hof and Tab……tanks for clearing up the confusion. I like Svedberg ALOT. In South bend, some lady next to me kept yelling that “43 is too slow”…….LOL……well, he’s 6’9” tall, so he’s gonna be a little heavy on his feet. But he has good positioning, a good stick and he doesn’t try to do too much. I like that in a young D man.

    I know we let go some good guys in the off season, but Stan has brought in a lot of young talent to make Q’s decisions very difficult. I like that. Let the coaching staff figure out the line combo’s and the players to keep.

    I keep hearing fans complain about Anisimov and how is too slow and how he is not adjusting to Kaner and the other wingers. In the beginning of the playoffs there was an interview with Brad Richards who said that it took him 30-40 regular season games to adjust to Kaner’s speed and agility. There is no doubt in my mind that Anisimov is going to do very well with this team. We just need to give him time to adjust to how this team plays, how it creates the offense and how it shuts down the other team. Plus, sometimes when you play with the most talented player in the league it takes you time to figure him out. Give the guy a chance before making an assessment.

    Just like last year, if we need to make roster adjustments we will have a boat load of talent in Rockford and Indy. So far, I am impressed with this group.

  13. Tab; Your post @1:22 about Desjardins/ Paille, do you think that is also the situation with Shaw and Hartman? I love that kid’s game and desire but I don’t see him on this roster on 10/7. I think he starts on most any other team, speaks volume about this teams’ depth and the job the front office does year after tear.

  14. Very surprised by Vishnovsky move as Q was praising him following Friday night’s game. But tab nailed it. There simply is not any room on the Hawks. Same with Paille. He could definitely help this team but…

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